Running Back Roundup: Week 7 (2021 Fantasy Football)

Running Back Roundup: Week 7 (2021 Fantasy Football)

You’d think by Tuesday, we’d have a good idea of the injuries sustained on Sunday, but that hasn’t been the case this year.

It’s no secret that the running back position has had a number of severe injuries this season, but there have also been a lot of questionable injury scenarios. The death of the “probable” tag, which favoured anybody with a “questionable” hangnail, has contributed to the uncertainty.

Highlights

  • Trying to read the tea leaves has become more critical than ever. Many RBs are “limited” in practice throughout the week, and it’s often hard to tell whether a player missing practice is a severe matter or simply a veteran maintenance day. With the extensive use of the “questionable” tag, we often won’t know a player’s status until Friday afternoon, Saturday, or, as has become increasingly common, 90 minutes before kickoff. For players in the late games, that creates some tough lineup decisions for fantasy managers.

  • As we reach mid-week, Antonio Gibson, Latavius Murray, and Alex Collins are among the players whose fate for Week 7 and beyond is in doubt. That’s before you consider the hazy status of athletes on the Covid list, particularly those with test results like Damien Williams.

As always, this week’s Roundup will break down all of the fantasy-relevant happenings in backfields across the NFL. If you don’t see a backfield listed here, it just means that the backfield hasn’t significantly shifted since I wrote about it in a previous Roundup.

I guess you could say it’s all part of playing fantasy football in 2021, at least until they bring that “probable” tag back!

The Ravens turned back the clock to 2015 in a big way in Week 6, as Latavius Murray, Devonta Freeman, and Le’Veon Bell all found the end zone in Baltimore’s demolition of the Chargers. Meanwhile, the only Ravens’ back who isn’t getting ready to collect Social Security, Ty’Son Williams, was inactive for the second time in three weeks. Murray left the game with an ankle injury, which could partly explain the increased usage for Freeman and Bell. If the d

amage turns out to be minor, Murray will remain on low-end RB2 radar. If not, Bell appears in a prime position to capitalize, although that’s hardly a given.